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Gillingham railway station (Kent)

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Gillingham railway station is on the Chatham Main Line in England, serving the town of Gillingham, Kent. It is 35 miles 75 chains (57.8 km) down the line from London Victoria and is situated between Chatham and Rainham.

Gillingham National Rail
New Gillingham Station Front.JPG
Location
PlaceGillingham
Local authorityBorough of Medway
Coordinates51°23′12″N 0°33′00″E / 51.386569°N 0.549886°E / 51.386569; 0.549886Coordinates: 51°23′12″N 0°33′00″E / 51.386569°N 0.549886°E / 51.386569; 0.549886
Grid referenceTQ775683
Operations
Station codeGLM
Managed bySoutheastern
Number of platforms3
DfT categoryC1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 2.439 million
– Interchange Decrease 0.298 million
2014/15Increase 2.540 million
– Interchange Increase 0.355 million
2015/16Increase 2.629 million
– Interchange Decrease 0.183 million
2016/17Increase 2.731 million
– Interchange Increase 0.313 million
2017/18Increase 2.744 million
– Interchange Decrease 0.308 million
History
July 1858[1]Opened as New Brompton
May 1886Renamed New Brompton (Gillingham)
1 Oct 1912Renamed Gillingham
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Gillingham from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

The station and most trains that call are operated by Southeastern. Following a timetable change on Sunday 20th May 2018, some trains are operated by Govia Thameslink. It is commonly suffixed as Gillingham (Kent) to distinguish it from the station of the same name in Dorset.

The station first opened in 1858. It currently has three platforms (two for London-bound services and one for country-bound services) and a passenger lift from the station entrance to the platforms.

The station underwent an extensive facelift between 2010 and 2012. This included a new entrance, better pavements, new roof, refurbished waiting rooms, and new cycle storage units.[2]

ServicesEdit

Medway Towns
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Halling
 
 
 
 
Cuxton
 
 
 
 
 
 
Strood
 
 
 
 
Rochester BridgeStrood (1st)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Goods station
 
 
 
 
Rochester Common
 
 
Rochester
(2015–)
 
 
Rochester
(1892–2015)
 
 
 
Chatham Central
 
 
 
 
Chatham
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gillingham
 
 
Rainham
 

London bound services from Gillingham terminate at London Victoria via Rochester, the line through Meopham and Bromley South; London St Pancras via Ebbsfleet International; and Luton via London Blackfriars.

Trains from London Charing Cross use to terminate on platform 1 and either then continue eastbound to Gillingham Rail Depot or then become London bound services to Charing Cross. Platform 1 is now a spare platform due to the introduction of Thameslink services terminating and starting from Rainham. Through trains from the east run from Platform 2. Trains from platform 3 (far left) usually go to Ramsgate or Dover.

 
Looking coastbound. The building on the left is a train crew depot.

The May 2018 off-peak service from the station in trains per hour is:[3]

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Chatham   Southeastern
Chatham Main Line
  Rainham
  Southeastern
High Speed 1
London-Broadstairs
 
  Thameslink
Chatham Main Line
 

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Table 212 National Rail timetable, May 2016

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